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June 08, 2005

People over 35 should all be dead!

This little item was passed to me by my brother in Cape Town. Looking at it, I'd say there is only one thing missing - the description of the whimps who today are the ones calling the tune on all of this were the kids we wouldn't have wanted to play with when we were growing up - the ones who always told tales, the ones who were so precious they turned their noses up at our games, who always had the latest toy or the special toy that no one else was allowed to touch - while they had free access to everything belonging to everyone else.

According to them everyone over 35 should be dead. Here's why ............

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, ... And when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.) As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags. Riding in the back of a ute (pickup) on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.


We ate cakes, bread, and butter, and drank soft drink with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle, and believe it or not, no one died from this.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.



We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on pay(if we even had a TV), video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them down the road. We played cricket in the backyard, front yard, neighbours yard - over the fence was a 6. We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

They were accidents.

No one was to blame but us.

Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them. We caught tadpoles in the drains outside our houses and nearby creeks. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.


Tests were not adjusted for anyone, for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the Cops.

Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them!


Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government over-regulated our lives, for our own good !!!!!

People under 30 are WIMPS !

I have no idea who wrote this, or where it came to my brother from - but I think it should receive a wider audience, don't you?

Posted by The Gray Monk at June 8, 2005 08:51 AM


Certainly - those were the days!

Posted by: The Scarlet Manuka at June 21, 2005 08:42 PM